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Indiana lawmakers push voluntary renewable standards

April 17, 2011
Associated Press
Senate Bill 251, which passed the Indiana House Utilities and Energy committee Friday, calls for a voluntary goal of producing 10 percent of the state's electricity from renewable energy resources by 2025.
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Indiana's anti-tobacco agency's first decade mixed

April 16, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation officials acknowledge they still have work to do in a state that in 2008 had the nation's highest smoking rate and still has more than 1 million smokers.
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House panel backs GOP redistricting plan

April 16, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House elections committee voted 8-5 along party lines in favor of the proposals after Republicans revised the lines for several scattered state House districts from what they had proposed Monday.
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Indiana House OKs bill limiting teacher contracts

April 15, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House has approved a bill that would limit collective bargaining agreements between local districts and teachers' unions to only wages and wage-related benefits.
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House panel backs weakened immigration bill

April 15, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana House committee has approved a watered-down immigration proposal a day after removing a contentious provision that would have given police officers more latitude to ask people for proof that they are in the country legally.
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Analysts: Indiana taking in more money than expected

April 15, 2011
Associated Press
Analysts told the State Budget Committee on Friday they expect the state to take in some $643.7 million more in fiscal 2012 and 2013 than anticipated in the previous revenue forecast.
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UPDATE: Extra tax dollars aimed at full-day kindergarten

April 15, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A projected increase in state revenue should allow all Indiana school districts to provide full-day kindergarten, a long-time goal of the governor and many education officials.
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Indiana Senate panel backs GOP redistricting plan

April 14, 2011
Associated Press
A Republican-led Indiana Senate committee on Thursday approved a plan for new Senate election districts that Democrats maintain unfairly dilutes black and Hispanic voting strength.
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Arizona-style provision removed from immigration bill

April 14, 2011
Associated Press
The House Public Policy Committee made several changes Thursday to the bill proposed by Republican Sen. Mike Delph of Carmel and could vote on it Friday. The legislation includes tax penalties for businesses that hire illegal immigrants.
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Indiana panels OK teacher merit pay, voucher bills

April 13, 2011
Associated Press
Two pieces of Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' sweeping education plan, a voucher plan that would direct taxpayer money to private schools and a merit pay bill that links teacher pay to student performance, cleared key legislative hurdles Wednesday.
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Indiana Democrats seek more time with GOP redistricting plan

April 13, 2011
Associated Press
Outnumbered Democrats in the Indiana House argued Wednesday that the new election districts proposed by Republicans would lead to fewer competitive races and create more solidly GOP seats.
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Panel OKs bill linking student tests, teacher pay

April 13, 2011
Associated Press
Teacher pay would be linked to student performance under a merit pay bill that has cleared an Indiana House committee.
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Indiana panel OKs criminal checks on medical workers

April 12, 2011
Associated Press
Physicians, dentists, nurses, veterinarians, pharmacists and other medical workers would have to undergo a criminal background check when applying for a new state license under a bill approved Tuesday by an Indiana House committee.
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Senate OKs plan aimed at expanding charter schools

April 12, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has approved Gov. Mitch Daniels' proposal aimed at expanding charter schools, marking the first piece of the governor's sweeping education agenda to clear both the House and Senate.
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Daniels' plan on sentencing changes appears dead

April 12, 2011
Associated Press
Daniels had made revamping of the criminal sentencing laws one of his top priorities for this year's legislative session, but lawmakers handling the bill said Tuesday they hadn't been able to reach a compromise and didn't expect more action before the General Assembly's April 29 adjournment deadline.
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Gun bill advances without exemption for Indy venues

April 12, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Capital Improvement Board, which runs the Indiana Convention Center and the city’s professional sports venues, had hoped to get an exemption to Senate Bill 292, which pre-empts local governments from creating their own rules about where people can carry guns.
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Indiana redistricting plan appears to benefit GOP

April 11, 2011
Associated Press
Republicans who control the Indiana General Assembly on Monday released proposed new maps for the state's nine congressional and 150 legislative districts, which seem to point toward solidifying GOP gains in the Statehouse.
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Proposal aims to keep students from inadequate teachers

April 11, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana students wouldn't be stuck with poor-performing teachers for two years in a row under changes House lawmakers are considering to a bill requiring annual teacher evaluations.
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Indiana retailers press for online state sales tax

April 11, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's retail lobby urged state lawmakers Monday to pass an online sales tax provision that they said would level the playing field for businesses in the state and raise hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.
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Plan shifts Indiana GOP areas to Donnelly's district

April 11, 2011
Associated Press
The Senate Election Committee on Monday released proposed new district maps for Indiana's nine congressional and 50 state Senate districts.
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Indiana lawmakers to consider big education proposals

April 11, 2011
Associated Press
A House committee is expected to consider Daniels' proposal for teacher merit pay on Monday, and a Senate committee could vote on the Republican governor's controversial plan for private school vouchers on Wednesday.
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Mayor's charter schools director to leave

April 8, 2011
J.K. Wall
Karega Rausch will become the Indianapolis director of Stand for Children, an Oregon-based not-for-profit that pushes education reform through grass-roots organizing and legislative lobbying.
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Indiana Democrat fighting fines for walkout

April 8, 2011
Associated Press
Democrats who boycotted the Indiana House for five weeks are receiving smaller stipends because fines incurred during their walkout are being deducted from their checks, but at least one Democrat is fighting the process.
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Indiana March revenues come in more than expected

April 8, 2011
Associated Press
The state took in $977.2 million in March, up $69 million, or 8 percent, from the same month a year ago.
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Judge sends election dispute back to recount panel

April 7, 2011
Associated Press
A judge ruled Thursday that Democrats may have a valid argument in challenging whether Republican Secretary of State Charlie White should be kicked out of office, but said the issue should be decided by a state election recount commission.
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